The worldwide storage software market increased 1,5% during the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13) compared to the same quarter of 2012.

Revenue during the quarter totalled $3,47-billion, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Storage Software Qview.

“Data protection & recovery software and storage & device management software were the two major sources of growth this quarter,” says Jingwen Li, research analyst with IDC’s Storage team.

“Also of note is the fact that investments in storage replication software have fallen throughout the year as suppliers have increasingly bundled this capability within larger competitive deals.”

EMC, IBM, and Symantec were the top ranking storage software vendors with 25,2%, 15,1%, and 14% share of the total market respectively.

Among the storage software market segments, Data Protection & Recovery sales were up 5,3% year over year to $1,32-billion in revenues. Storage & Device Management software was up 3,7% year over year to $672-million. Storage Replication software sales declined -3,6% year over year to $660-million. Finally, Archiving sales were up 1,2% year over year, with $336-million in revenue for the quarter.